FORT WORTH (Nov. 2, 2023) — Fort Worth Housing Solutions celebrated the agency’s 85th anniversary with a special fundraising event Thursday morning at River Crest Country Club benefiting the Barbara Holston Education Fund. More than $100,000 was raised to fund academic, technical and vocational scholarships for residents enrolled in FWHS programs.
“We are thankful to our many sponsors, elected officials, supporters and friends for making our 85th Anniversary Breakfast such an overwhelming success,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, President of Fort Worth Housing Solutions. “The generosity and collaboration on display this morning and throughout our 85 years sets the foundation for improving lives and strengthening our community.”
The program included Fort Worth mayor Mattie Parker, along with former mayors Kenneth Barr, Mike Moncrief and Betsy Price, HUD regional administrator Candace Valenzuela and FWHS Board of Commissioners chairperson Terri Attaway.
The history of FWHS was chronicled, as well as the ongoing work being done to create mixed-income rental and home ownership opportunities throughout Fort Worth. The agency was established by the City of Fort Worth in 1938 to provide affordable housing for low- to moderate-income residents of the Fort Worth community. FWHS works closely with numerous partners to promote economic independence and positive change in the lives of the more than 33,000 individuals every day.
The Barbara Holston Education Fund, named in honor of the former long-time senior executive of FWHS, works to eliminate financial barriers by awarding scholarships each year.